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Key GOP Senator Tamps Down Hopes on Gun Bill, Blames Indecision

  • Other Senate negotiators more bullish on reaching quick deal
  • Little time remains ahead of midterm elections for legislation
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Prospects for a quick bipartisan deal on new gun safety legislation dimmed Thursday as negotiators struggled behind closed doors to reach a deal in the coming days. 

The lead Republican negotiator, Senator John Cornyn of Texas, said it’s time to “fish or cut bait” on the legislation and he left the down-to-the-wire talks to go home for the weekend. He told reporters the other negotiators already know where he stands on remaining issues and he would remain in touch by email and text.